Sunday, September 9, 2012

MV: Brave

Merida, a Scottish princess whose interests include archery and horse riding, is told by her mother that her interests are not what a princess should be doing and that she has to marry. But Merida chooses to defy her mother. And when she and her mother have an argument Merida rides off and meets a witch. She asks for a spell to change her mother. And the witch gives her a cake which she gives to her mother but the change is not what she was hoping for. So she tries to find a way to fix it.


Where are you, you little rascal, I'm coming to get you!
  • rascal: a person, especially a child or man, who enjoys playing tricks on them
I'm going to gobble her up, when I find her!
  • to gobble [something] up: to eat something very fast, in a way that people consider rude or greedy
Happy birthday my wee darling!
  • wee: [old English slang] small, little
Draw all the way back now to your cheek, that's right!
  • to draw: to pull back on a bow string
Go and fetch it then!
  • to fetch: to get
Oh, aye, or an arrow!
  • aye: [old English] yes
So that one's destiny intertwines with many others.
  • to intertwine: twisted together so that they are very difficult to separate
Or it's all for naught.
  • naught: [old English] nothing
And, above all, a princess strives for, well, perfection!
  • to strive for: to try very hard to achieve something
Boys, you're naughty! Don't just play with your haggis.
  • naughty: behaving badly but not in a bad way
  • haggis: a Scottish food made from sheep's stomach
Stay out of my food, you greedy mongrels!
  • mongrel: usually “a dog that is a mixture of different breeds” but here it is a name for a misbehaving child said in a kind way
The lords are presenting their sons as suitors for your betrothal!
  • suitor: a man who wants to marry a particular woman
  • betrothal: an agreement to marry somebody
Who scuttled Viking longships and with his bare hands vanquished two thousand foes.
  • to scuttle: to sink a boat by making holes in the side or bottom of it
  • to vanquish: to defeat somebody completely in a competition, war, etc.
  • foes: enemies
I present my only son who was besieged by ten thousand Romans, and he took out a whole armada singlehandedly.
  • besieged: to surround a building, city, etc. with soldiers until the people inside are forced to let you in
  • armada: a large group of armed ships sailing together
  • singlehandedly: to do something completely alone with no help
You've had your go at each other, show a little decorum!
  • decorum: polite behavior that is appropriate in a social situation
We'll boil your head with dumpling bread, to make an ursine stew.
  • dumpling bread: bread made by boiling the dough
  • ursine: pig


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